Storage

Since the February edition of this guide, SSD prices haven't moved much. The changes in our recommendations are mostly a result of new drives hitting the market and waning supply of outgoing models. There has been almost no tangible progress in the transition to new 3D NAND. The Crucial MX300 launched this week with a single model carrying 750GB of Micron's 3D TLC, but the retail prices aren't low enough to be competitive yet and availability is limited. The other big market shift of the year - to NVMe SSDs - is only a little further along. For the moment, Samsung retains a commanding lead on both fronts. These factors make this round of recommendations fairly boring as industry giants Samsung and SanDisk together dominate...

SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD Capsule Review

Rapid advancements in flash technology has coincided with the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. This has led to the appearance of small and...

7 by Ganesh T S 2 days ago

Samsung SM961 Price And Availability Outlook

The SM961 is Samsung's latest high-end client PCIe SSD for OEMs, but as with its SM951 and XP941 predecessors there will be distributors selling the SM961 online to consumers...

46 by Billy Tallis 4 days ago

Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi Hard Drive Review

Wireless storage peripherals have traditionally targeted users of mobile devices (where internal storage space is at a premium). As multimedia capture devices (both consumer and professional) become more connected...

17 by Ganesh T S 4 days ago

AKiTiO Thunder3 PCIe SSD Thunderbolt DAS Review

The benefits of Thunderbolt 3 and its 40 Gbps link are best realized in a daisy-chain configuration involving multiple high-bandwidth I/O peripherals. The Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controller in...

28 by Ganesh T S on 6/2/2016

Samsung Expands 750 EVO SSD Lineup with 500 GB Model, Changes Positioning

When Samsung released its 750 EVO lineup of SSDs based on planar TLC NAND flash memory earlier this year, it seemed like a big surprise, as the company was...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/25/2016

Market Trends Q1 2016: Shipments of SSDs Up 32.7% Year-over-Year

Shipments of SSDs in the first quarter of 2016 were up 32.7% compared to the same period a year ago, according to findings of TrendFocus*, a storage market tracking...

11 by Anton Shilov on 5/25/2016

The Toshiba OCZ RD400 (256GB, 512GB, 1TB) M.2 PCIe SSD Review

Having recently assimilated OCZ and turned it into an enthusiast-oriented consumer brand, Toshiba has released their first M.2 PCIe SSD into the consumer market. Initially previewed by OCZ as...

40 by Billy Tallis on 5/25/2016

Toshiba Revamps OCZ Brand

Over the past few months, Toshiba has started fully assimilating & integrating OCZ, the SSD business they acquired from bankruptcy in 2014. Rather than just absorb OCZ's SSD-related assets...

10 by Billy Tallis on 5/25/2016

Seagate Innov8 8TB Bus-Powered External Hard Drive Review

Bus-powered storage devices have traditionally been limited by USB 2.0's power delivery specifications. The low power limit meant that only 2.5" drives (typically with a spindle speed of 5400 RPM...

40 by Ganesh T S on 5/19/2016

Western Digital’s Acquisition of SanDisk Officially Closes

Western Digital announced on Tuesday that the Chinese authorities have approved its acquisition of SanDisk. The regulatory approval from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in connection with the planned...

18 by Anton Shilov on 5/16/2016

QNAP Expands Thunderbolt NAS / DAS Lineup with TVS-x82T Series

QNAP recently held a product launch event in San Jose. The main announcement was the follow-up to their TVS-871T released late last year. The first generation Thunderbolt NAS came...

17 by Ganesh T S on 5/13/2016

Market Views: HDD Shipments Down 20% in Q1 2016, Hit Multi-Year Low

Leading industry watchers like IDC and Gartner early this year predicted that the first quarter of 2016 would not be good for the PC industry and various companies agreed...

94 by Anton Shilov on 5/12/2016

Choosing the Right SSD for a Skylake-U System

Our Skylake NUC review had a brief section on the storage subsystem performance. The comments section raised a few questions about the inability of SSDs such as the Samsung...

40 by Ganesh T S on 5/9/2016

The SanDisk X400 1TB SSD Review

The SanDisk X400 is the flagship model of SanDisk's business/OEM SSD lineup. As the successor to the X300 and X300s, the X400 continues the strategy of combining premium features...

37 by Billy Tallis on 5/6/2016

SanDisk Announces Z410 Client SSD

SanDisk has introduced a new low-end drive to their line of client SSDs targeted at business and OEM customers. The Z410 is positioned closely to Z400s but is not...

35 by Billy Tallis on 4/27/2016

Drobo 5D with BeyondRAID - Protected Direct-Attached Storage Made Simple

Drobo's direct-attached and network-attached storage units are quite popular in the market, but we have never had the opportunity to evaluate them on AnandTech. At CES 2016, we met...

74 by Ganesh T S on 4/25/2016

The Samsung 750 EVO (120GB & 250GB) SSD Review: A Return To Planar NAND

The Samsung 750 EVO is a new budget SATA SSD using 16nm planar TLC NAND flash instead of Samsung's highly-praised 3D V-NAND. The 750 EVO otherwise has much in...

106 by Billy Tallis on 4/22/2016

The PNY CS1311 and CS2211 SSD Review: MLC vs TLC at 15nm

PNY's latest consumer SSDs incorporate Toshiba 15nm NAND and are based on the Phison S10 controller. The TLC-based PNY CS1211 and MLC-based PNY CS2211 offer the rare opportunity of...

45 by Billy Tallis on 4/15/2016

Thunderbolt 3 in Action: Akitio Thunder3 Duo Pro DAS Review

A lot of attention has been paid to high-speed I/O interfaces for computing systems over the last five years. Flash-based storage media capable of multi-Gbps throughput have become very...

60 by Ganesh T S on 4/14/2016

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